By DONALD BRADLEY The Kansas City Star
Postal workers will buzz across a frozen river in a hovercraft to get to a remote cabin north of the Arctic Circle.
If they pick up a letter there addressed to someone on the Havasupai Indian reservation, that’s where it will go. To the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
By pack mule.
And if the recipient has moved to Guam, the letter would then be forwarded to the middle of the Pacific.
All for the cost of a 44-cent stamp.
As business models go, this one seems suspect. A Las Vegas cab ride costs $3.30 for the first 1/13 of a mile.
But stamp by stamp, daily mail is an American ritual, in effect the country’s most popular entitlement.
It’s also in such a deep financial crisis — some say on the verge of collapse — that last week saw the U.S. Postal Service suspend payments to a retirement fund and make emphatic pleas to Congress for permission to end Saturday delivery.